While it makes sense for shops and boutiques to close for the season, or have more limited hours compared to the summer, one thing is certain: the times are changing for Grand Haven.
No longer is Grand Haven just a summer destination with fun ending once the Coast Guard Festival sails out of town for the year. Instead, the city has embraced more of the season and is bringing in people well past the end of summer.
This is evident with the Salmon Festival — and, more recently, the multi-week ArtWalk celebration, which is aimed at drawing people from all over West Michigan to view the art. Even the middle of winter brings people to town with the annual Winterfest and other activities.
As more festivals and events pop up after Labor Day, it would be nice to see more businesses and shops embrace this and welcome customers into their stores.
Tourists in town to visit the Salmon Festival, ArtWalk and other fall events shouldn’t be greeted with “See You Next Summer” signs and locked doors. Instead, shop owners should consider being open or extending hours during these times.
This is valuable money that could come to the community that is being lost.
Everyone is competing for the almighty dollar, and it would be nice to make Grand Haven more of a year-round destination instead of just the summer months.
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